Science and the Administrative Rulemaking Process
Stephanie Tai, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
In this webinar, Professor Stephanie Tai will describe ways in which science can play a role in the federal rulemaking process. The talk will include an overview of the standard notice-and-comment rulemaking process, as well as a number of potential variations (incorporating stages of “scoping,” advisory panels, and guidances). It will also focus on ways in which scientists–and other outside parties–can provide their own input into this process, with a special emphasis on climate change rulemaking.
Stephanie Tai focuses her scholarly research on the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. She has written on the consideration of scientific studies and environmental justice concerns by administrative agencies, and is currently studying the role of scientific dialogues before the judicial system. After graduating from Georgetown, Professor Tai worked as the editor-in-chief of the International Review for Environmental Strategies, a publication by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She then worked as an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she briefed and argued cases involving a range of issues, from the protection of endangered cave species in Texas to the issuance of dredge and fill permits under the Clean Water Act.